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Calipari sees sign of progress for his Cats

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky fans seem to continue to remain skeptical about the Cats despite the team’s 3-1 start in Southeastern Conference play and 14-3 overall mark.

However, Kentucky coach John Calipari was a big swaggy after Tuesday’s 74-73 win over Texas A&M when the Cats had only seven healthy scholarship players available to play.

“Let me just say this. Where they are now, you have to admit, P.J. is not even the same player he was a month and a half ago. Would you say? He’s not even the same player,” Calipari said.

“You look at Wenyen (Gabriel) getting better. Looking at Shai, no one knew. Nick (Richards) has taken a little step back. It’s all based on toughness, staying engaged. Do you remember the pass in the zone that went right by him with three seconds to go in the zone? From that point on, he stayed in a stance and played like this, erect, standing straight up. They struggled to get it by him.

“Sacha (Killeya-Jones) is getting better. But we need those guys to play with a sense of urgency, a desperation, a toughness.

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